Instagramming Imperfections

Last week my friends and I were hanging out at our friend Miki’s place, mucking around with photos and instagram. The point was eventually made that I do not use my instagram for the ‘correct’ purpose, with Miki questioning why I put up so many imperfect photos. Aside from the fact that I am quite possibly THE most unphotogenic person in the world, my argument was that, like with this here blog and my over-abused twitter, I use it to document my life as it happens. I don’t want to give the world a false impression of myself, so I show them who I am, flaws and all. Sad in bed? Take a photo. Inspirational bible verse? Screen cap and upload it. Cute section of a fanfic? Share it with the world. Favourite book? Show everyone the cover. Some may call it oversharing, but I’m not someone who’s going to hide behind filters and false impressions. 

The fact of the matter is that life is not perfect, it does not happen perfectly and we don’t always look perfect all the time (or any of the time). I use photos and twitter to share the imperfections of my world with the rest of the imperfect world. I want to document my life as it happens, not how I wish it had happened. 

God put me on this earth with a very definite purpose and meaning. He created me perfectly in His image, and I have spent way to long questioning that truth. Life would be so boring if we all fit society’s image of ‘normal’ and ‘cool’ and I mean, someone has to play the nerd in this movie of life, so why not me? Parties bore me and alcohol is a depressant, and I’d much rather escape into a fictional world than into drugs. I can only be me, and pretending to be someone else, or trying to force a change on my identity is only going to stifle my self expansion. We all have a role to play in life, and it just wouldn’t work if we were all trying to be the same character. 

We have to embrace what we have been given to work with. Some of my friends detest reading with a passion I reserve for Triple J, but you know what, that’s fine, because while the prop box in my life gave me a room resembling a library, theirs didn’t, and they need to learn and work with what they have. We spend so long being jealous of the roles of everyone else that we neglect to admire the positives of our own casting. 

Dr Suess once said, “there is no one alive who is youer than you”, and we need to remember that. We are never, ever going to be able to turn into someone else, envy and jealousy get us absolutely nowhere. God created us perfectly to live our lives as He planned them, and the sooner we commit ourselves to His purpose, the further we will go. Our imperfections make us unique and exciting, and embracing them rather than rejecting them is what makes life fun.

frangipani princess xoxo

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